Only 20 percent of how long we live is dictated by genetics. To reach the upper limits of a lifespan, we need a combination of good genes and a host of lifestyle modifications, says Dan Buettner, explorer, National Geographic fellow and author of “The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.” Buettner spent 10 years searching for spots around the globe that had the highest rates of citizens living to 100.
One of those “Blue Zones” is Sardinia, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea.
“I call it silver buckshot [approach],” Buettner told NBC’s Cynthia McFadden. “It’s 20 or 30 little things that you can transport from places like Sardinia—and bring them home and have them work for you.”
What we can learn from people in the Blue Zones: Dietary changes, coupled with a healthy amount of exercise, can lead to a much longer life.
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